Atiku, Saraki pay tributes to Jerry Rawlings

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Former vice president and 2019 presidential candidate of Nigeria’s opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar and immediate past President of the Nigerian Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday pay tributes to former Ghana President Jerry Rawlings who died of complications from COVID-19.

Atiku described the late Ghananian leader as an African giant whose tenure as President remained emblematic with the restoration of that country.

He said Rawlings represented a generation of leaders who gave their all for the rebirth of his country and Africa at large and prayed for a pleasant repose of his soul.

“Jerry Rawlings was an African giant. His tenure as leader of Ghana remains emblematic with the restoration of that country. Even after office, he stood tall for African unity and renaissance.

“He represented a generation of leaders who gave their all for the rebirth of his country and Africa at large. I pray for a pleasant repose of his soul and condole with the people of Ghana; his contemporaries and current leaders in Africa on the loss of a worthy patriot,” Atiku said.

On his part Saraki said Rawlings was a young young revolutionary who later became a renowned statesman and pan-Africanist.

He commiserated with President Nana Akufo-Addo and and all Ghanaians.

“From his early days as a young revolutionary, to his later years as a renowned statesman and pan-Africanist, Jerry Rawlings always led from the front and matched his words with his actions.

“As we mourn his death, I commiserate with President Nana Akufo-Addo and our Ghanaian brothers and sisters. It is my prayer that God will grant him eternal rest — as we all take solace in his achievements and contributions to the development of a more united continent,” Saraki said.

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